Phyllis (Deniston) Cate

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Phyllis (Deniston) Cate, 83, of Bay, formerly of Rector, passed from this life on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at the St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Ms. Cate was born on Sept. 18, 1928, to the late General and Sarah (Wright) Deniston in Rector.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Doyne Cate; a brother, Orville Deniston; a sister, Essie Lewis, and one grandson, Brian Cate.

Ms. Cate is survived by one son and daughter- in-law, Dennis and Donna Cate of Corning; one daughter and son-in-law, Holly and Chad Colbert of Bay; three grandchildren, Scott Cate, Erica Nelson and Kyle Birmingham; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlynn Cate and Jacob Nelson, along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation began at 11 a.m Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at the Irby Funeral Home Chapel in Rector. A celebration of her life began at 12 noon following visitation with Bro. Danny Taylor officiating. Interment was at the Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in memory of Phyllis to the Bay First Baptist Church building fund or Gideons International.

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